Now that Upfronts 2015 have entered the scheduling phase, we thought most of the major renewals, cancellations and pickups had delivered their biggest surprises. Not so apparently, as FOX has decided to put American Idol out to pasture after 15 seasons, ending the reality singing competition for good next year.
There were rumors that there was going to be a big 'American Idol' shake-up, but before anything was made official Randy Jackson has given the show his walking papers. Jackson announced today that Season 12 will be his last on the hit show.
Earlier today (May 9), we learned that ‘American Idol’ producers reportedly plan to replace judges Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban with a new set of panelists next season due to low ratings.
They’re competing for a similar demographic, so it only stands to reason that the ‘American Idol‘ judges might not be on the friendliest of terms with their counterparts on NBC’s upstart hit ‘The Voice.’ But it’s still a little surprising to watch the war of words that seems to be unfolding between Adam Levine and Randy Jackson.
“I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol’ are back for the next season,” he told Seacrest, who happens to be the aforementioned “brilliant host” of ‘Idol.’
More than 200 "Idol" hopefuls are heading to L.A. from across the country; this year, more hopefuls made it to "Hollywood Week" than in previous years, since the age limit has been lowered to 15. They'll be staying at a hotel in Pasadena, and will compete at a nearby auditorium.
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